I predict 45-54, and also a strong incidence of goatees.
This poll only measures those who can drop $200 for an IPVM membership. The "skinny-jeans" set probably can't afford that as easily as us "older" folks. The fact that there are more Y's than Xers, before correcting for self-selecting paid IPVM-ers, is promising.
Here's an article about median ages for Silicon Valley companies:
- 28 at Facebook
- 30 at Google
- 29 at LinkedIn
By comparison, the list of various larger companies shows median ages commonly ~40.
So far, in this poll, the numbers are running early 40s which probably is fairly close to actual for the security industry.
I think it might also be interesting to break this down according to possition w/in the industry. For example, I work at a manufacturer, and our oldest employee turned 40 a few days ago. I think it's likely that manufacturers skew more towards the younger side, while integrators and distributors scale more towards the 40ish range.
Btw, I do have a goatee, and it is wonderful.
Surprised the data is returning as young as it is. I'm AARP-eligible and I usually feel like the kid in the room at conferences (and many job sites.) Most of my customers are old enought I can tease them about that time they told the story about deploying maglocks in the Lincoln White House. If this biz is so full of punks how come we all still have stories of co-workers grumbling about this new-fangled IP thing that doesn't work well with crimp-on coax connectors.